Ether Capital Corporation (“Ether Capital” or the “Company”) (NEO: ETHC) is proud to report a successful Ethereum Merge — a pivotal upgrade that has resulted in a 99.95% more energy-efficient, secure and scalable blockchain. Since Ether Capital’s inception, its core thesis has been that Ethereum is, and will continue to be, one of the most important assets of our generation. The Company has always believed that the transition to Proof of Stake would further cement adoption of Ethereum as the platform of choice for the next generation of the Internet, or Web3.
This upgrade has been a fundamental part of the protocol’s roadmap from day one and when we launched Ether Capital in 2018, we had conviction that the Merge would act as a main catalyst and driver for future adoption. This sets the stage for a more powerful and scalable blockchain that can handle trillions of dollars’ worth of activity.
The Merge took effect on September 15, which resulted in Ethereum overhauling the way it approves transactions. The protocol switched from Proof of Work (mining) to a more eco-friendly form of validation called Proof of Stake. As a result, Ether holders can validate and secure the network by staking (locking up) their assets and generating yield in the form of new Ether.
This transition reinforces Ether Capital’s decision to allocate a large portion of its 44,000+ ETH balance to staking while continuing to be a net accumulator of Ether. The Company was also the first public entity in the world to stake a substantial amount of Ether (20,000+ ETH) and generate more than CAD$1.4 million in Staking Rewards for the first half of 2022.
“This is a major achievement for the Ethereum community and the entire crypto industry,” said Brian Mosoff, CEO of Ether Capital. “The transition to Proof of Stake allows Ethereum to act as a secure base-layer for future activity related to finance, identity and ownership. As a result of the Merge, developers have democratized the validation process and it no longer comes at the expense of the environment; something that attracts new investors and will ultimately benefit Ether Capital shareholders.”
Ether Capital also believes the competitive landscape has shifted as a result of Ethereum’s switch to Proof of Stake. “Competing Layer-1 blockchains can no longer use Proof of Stake as a selling feature over Ethereum, so we’ll begin to see their value propositions erode,” said Mr. Mosoff. “It makes it more difficult for these protocols to attract users who place their trust in Ethereum because of its sound infrastructure.”
This is the first time we have witnessed a blockchain transition from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake, something that Ether Capital’s CTO Shayan Eskandari considers to be one of the most technically complex upgrades in software history.
“There is currently more than US$300 billion worth of combined value between the native protocol and the activity it’s securing, so a technical misstep was not an option,” said Mr. Eskandari. “Years of testing and research have gone into this upgrade that took place in a matter of seconds. The Merge is a defining moment for the industry and allows our Company to focus on supporting Ethereum at the protocol level. With a successful Merge under our belt, we are one step closer to seeing the platform’s full potential as a global coordination network that can evolve to meet the needs of future generations.”
Ethereum developers have indicated they will focus on scalability, improving the blockchain’s throughput and lowering transaction costs in the coming months. Ether Capital is closely monitoring activity on Ethereum post-Merge and will update the market in due course on business decisions as it relates to Proof of Stake and other upgrades.
About Ether Capital Corporation
Ether Capital (NEO: ETHC) is a public technology company with a long-term objective to become a central business and investment hub for the Ethereum ecosystem. The company has invested the majority of its balance sheet in Ethereum’s native utility token “Ether” as a core strategic asset and yield-generating instrument. The company is focused on building institutional-grade financial infrastructure that supports the Ethereum blockchain and delivers corporate value. Ether Capital’s management team and Board of Directors are comprised of crypto natives, leading venture capitalists and capital markets experts, which uniquely positions the company to identify and capitalize on opportunities in the digital asset ecosystem. For more information, visit http://ethcap.co.
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